Imogen Heap talks Blockchain in Disrupt Conference

Empowering artists through the blockchain is something that has reached an international audience. Informing a global audience about the advantages of the blockchain far outweigh the negative publicity that it has received. In a TechCrunch interview at a Disrupt conference in London, Imogen Heap gives a detailed description of her MiMu gloves used in performances, but also a very real idea of future practices for artists- music that is- using the blockchain revolution that, she says “will fully blossom next year-2016.” Public awareness has been characterized with pros and …

SWIFT Launches Initiative To Improve Cross-Border Payments Using BlockChain

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), a Belgium-based facilitator of global bank transfers, has launched a cross-border payments initiative to improve bank customer service by increasing transparency, speed and predictability of payments using the block chain. The project, called the Global Payments Innovation Initiative, will focus on business-to-business payments in early 2016, according to Silicon Angle. The service will help companies strengthen global supplier relationships and improve treasury efficiencies, according to the SWIFT website. Companies will be able to gain payments directly from banks along with features such …

Bitcoin Price Approaching November Closing Highs

Bitcoin price is pushing closer to its November closing highs and technical analysis suggests a price correction to the downside is due. This analysis is provided by xbt.social with a 3-hour delay. Read the full analysis here. Not a member? Join now and receive a $29 discount using the code CCN29. Bitcoin Price Analysis Time of analysis: 14h30 UTC BTCC 1-Hour Chart From the analysis pages of xbt.social, earlier today: So far, so good for our trade from $315 and 2730 CNY that now seems to be reaching …

Eugene Kaspersky: Cryptocurrencies Will Be Banned When They Unsettle National Currencies

Kaspersky Lab CEO and co-founder Eugene Kaspersky says that cryptocurrencies are a brilliant invention while noting their viability in a single world government. He adds that if and when they start supplanting national currencies, governments will move in to ban them. Eugene Kaspersky revealed his thoughts about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin at a recent event in Russia. Speaking to assembled journalists during Kaspersky Digital Radio an open talk conference along with other prominent governmental and banking figures from Russia, Kaspersky sees the innovation and the creation of cryptocurrencies as a …

Russia’s Biggest Bank Wants to Join R3, Embrace Blockchain and Avoid Bitcoin

Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank in net assets intends to join the R3-led international blockchain consortium, according to reports. As reported by Russian news publication Kommersant, Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank with over three times the net assets over its closest competitor is keen on joining the global consortium of 30 banks and financial institutions led by New York-based R3. Speaking to be publication, Sberbank’s First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Leve Khasis, confirmed the bank is keeping a close eye on the evolution of blockchain technology. He added the bank …

Supercomputer Firm Denies Links with Speculated Satoshi Craig Wright

Following a document trail that claimed high-performance computing firm SGI was partnering with Craig Wright and his supercomputer firm, Cloudcroft Supercomputers, SGI has now denied any relationship with alleged Bitcoin creator Craig Wright. A letter, complete with the SGI letterhead and the signature of SGI APAC service director Greg McKeon had the computing firm contend that it was assisting Cloudcroft Supercomputers Australia and its founder & CEO Craig Wright in developing “hyper-density machines and supercomputers.” The letter also claimed a previous endeavor between SGI and Cloudcroft to build the …

Bitcoin Price Up, But No New High

Bitcoin price corrected sharply after pushing to a new advance high, yesterday. Currently, price is once again advancing. This analysis is provided by xbt.social with a 3-hour delay. Read the full analysis here. Not a member? Join now and receive a $29 discount using the code CCN29. Bitcoin Price Analysis Time of analysis: 14h30 UTC BTCC 1-Hour Chart From the analysis pages of xbt.social, earlier today: The 1-hour chart shows price moving into the space created by two rising Fib lines. The launch higher commenced at 13h00 UTC …

Digital Fiat Currency Technology Nabs Investment, Makes Inroads With Central Bankers

eCurrency Mint (eCM), a Dublin-based company that has pioneered a new technology that enables central banks to issue digital fiat currency, has received an undisclosed amount of Series C funding from Omidyar Network, a global investment firm launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The investment helps sets the stage to establish digital fiat currency, which portends numerous benefits over physical currency for bankers, merchants and consumers. The Wall Street Journal also has an article  noting that eCM has met with 30 central banks which are exploring digital currency backed by …

Microsoft Looks to Expand Blockchain-Based Toolkit with Ripple Integration

Fresh from launching its Ethereum-powered blockchain platform for customers of its cloud platform Azure, Microsoft has revealed it intends to add Ripple, an interledger protocol to its blockchain-based toolkit. Microsoft originally made the announcement to offer an Ethereum-blockchain solution for its customers after striking a partnership with ConsenSys toward the end of October. The objective was simple. Collaborate with the Brooklyn-based startup to grant Microsoft’s enterprise users the necessary tools to use the Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS). The applications would allow Azure customers to experiment with blockchain in a sandbox, without …

Australian Police Raid Home & Office of Reported Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright

Australian police have raided the Sydney home and office of Craig Steven Wright, the man alleged to be bitcoin’s inventor as the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. Australian Federal police in Sydney have raided the home and office of Craig Wright who is identified as the creator of bitcoin. According to The Guardian, more than 10 police personnel arrived in Gordon, a Sydney suburb to raid a home belonging to Craig Wright.  The raid was conducted not long after WIRED and Gizmodo revealed investigations leading the publications to believe they may …